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To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions."  Click here to read more...

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President's Corner  

In Memory of Honorary Past National Philoptochos Board President- Evanthea Condakes

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the falling asleep in the Lord of Honorary Past National Philoptochos Board President Evanthea Condakes. Mrs. Condakes passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on September 12, 2014.

On behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, deepest sympathy is extended to her family and loved ones.

Mrs. Condakes served with distinction as the ninth National Philoptochos President from 1998 to 2002 under His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. Mrs. Condakes’ tenure was marked as a splendid period rich in service, ministry and outreach. Among her many notable offerings were the establishment of the Voice of Philoptochos page in the Orthodox Observer, her vital Board membership at Saint Basil Academy and her strong support of the IOCC mission. Mrs. Condakes brought her business acumen to the presidency and she was successful in increasing significantly the membership of the Society in unique and novel ways.

In a 2012 interview, Mrs. Condakes remarked, “Continue to show the great devotion the founders of Philoptochos showed because Philoptochos is an organization to be proud of.” The Society was equally proud of Mrs. Condakes when in the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, at the spring 2013 National Board meeting in the Holy Metropolis of Boston, Mrs. Condakes addressed the Board and guests with enthusiasm and inspiration.

The loving spirit and passion for excellence displayed by this special lady throughout her entire lifetime is the legacy she will pass on to the future generations of Philoptochos Stewards. Together with her late husband, Mr. Leo Condakes, she served the Church with dignity and honor.

Saint Paul exhorts: We should not grieve as others do who have no hope. This is true as we feel sadness while remembering the blessing and joy of love and the hope of the Resurrection. May the memory of our beloved Eve be eternal.

Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy

A Dream Come True

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America inspired Philoptochos to secure a permanent Philoptochos home and in his opening message of the video, “A Dream Come True,” Archbishop Demetrios states, “We give thanks to God for celebrating a great event, the opening and inauguration of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy in Manhattan, New York, a place for Philoptochos to organize and direct their philanthropic work. This new center is a monument of achievement obtained by the people who believe nothing is impossible.”

The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy is a reality because of the love, guidance and support of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, our respected Metropolitans, Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and former Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas, the dedicated National Board, the Metropolises, the Philoptochos staff, all the beloved Chapters nationwide, our cherished stewards and donors.

At the close of the video President Skeadas notes, “This modest new home will allow us to serve our current needs, expand our future services and leave a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps.  It will be our joy to have you come and visit your new home, located at 126 East 37th Street, in New York City.  Please continue to support and preserve the seeds planted eighty-three years ago when Philoptochos was founded as we continue to be a source of illumination, offering hope and enlightenment for the battered, the lonely, the disabled, the hungry and those in need of uplifting.”

Thank you to everyone who made the dream come true!

Click on the video for a virtual tour of our Philoptochos home.

The Brave Ones- Convention Presentations

National Philoptochos Honors the Military and Veterans

The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones.  His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country.  The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that  was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing.  Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him.  Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world. 

The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.

Click here to read The Braves Ones Past and Present Tribute.


Click on the video to view.